Shivan Fazil


Shivan Fazil is a senior researcher at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani’s (AUIS). Prior to joining IRIS, he was a researcher with the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute based in Stockholm. His work focuses on governance, state-society relations and peace and conflict dynamics in Iraq and  spans a decade working with, amongst others, SIPRI (2020-2024), United States Institute of Peace (2019-2020), Oxfam GB (2017), and Middle East Research Institute (2015-2016). He has conducted fieldwork using mixed method research across Iraq gauging the perceptions of different segments of the population including the vulnerable such as youth and ethnic and religious minorities. He frequently provides expert insights to international news outlets about the social, economic and political conditions in post-conflict Iraq. Fazil holds a MSc in Middle Eastern Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London as a Chevening Scholar.


Peer Reviewed

  • Fazil, S., & Connelly, M. (2023). Civil disobedience and lawfare: Protest movement and contentious politics in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 1–22. DOI: 10.1111/sena.12402
  • Kamaran Palani & Shivan Fazil (2023) Fluid State-Building in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Taking Advantage of the 2003 U.S.-Led Invasion, International Peacekeeping, 30:5, 642-667, DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2023.2236925
  • Fazil, S., (2023). Integrating Culture into Return Migration Programming, Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, Vol. 11., No.1. 
  • Baser, B., Fazil, S. (2022). “They Hear Us But They Do Not Listen to Us”: Youth Narratives on Hope and Despair in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 16 1-12. doi: 10.11576/ijcv-5826
  • Fazil, S. and Baser, B. (2021). Kurdish Youth as Agents of Change: Political Participation, Looming Challenges, and Future Predictions. In Fazil, Shivan & Baser, Bahar (Eds.), Youth Identity, Politics and Change in Contemporary Kurdistan. London: Transnational Press London.


Policy Publications


Commentaries and Opinion